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Lesson: The Ninth Commandment
Thou Shalt Not Covet

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SCRIPTURE READING: Ephesians 5:3-5

GOLDEN TEXT:  Exodus 20:17

1. Who was it that verbally spoke to Moses and the children of Israel? (Exodus 20:1). Did the Lord God bring Israel out of bondage? (Exodus 20:2). What did God do to keep the children of Israel free from bondage? He gave them His Ten Commandments.

2. Does Godís Tenth Commandment command people "not to covet"? (Exodus 20:17, Deuteronomy 5:21). What does it mean "to covet"? The Holman Bible Dictionary defines the word "covet" as: "The inordinate desire to possess what belongs to another, usually tangible things. While the Hebrew word for "covet" can also be translated "to desire," in the Tenth Commandment it means an ungoverned and selfish desire that threatens the basic rights of others. Coveting was sinful because it focused greedily on the property of a neighbor ....... In the New Testament the same Greek word is translated "covet" in the King James Version and "earnestly desire" in the Revised Standard Version (1 Cor. 12:31)."

3. Did the apostle Paul say that he would not have known sin except through the law? (Romans 7:7.) Did he use the Tenth Commandment to illustrate his point? (Same verse.) Did Paul include the Tenth Commandment when he summed up the saying: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Romans 13:9.)

4. Did Paul indicate to the Corinthian Church that there were consequences for coveting? (1 Corinthians 5:10-11.) What was the penalty? (Same verses.) Did Paul say that a person who covets would not inherit the kingdom of God? (1 Cor. 6:9-10.) Did he say that a covetous person was not fit to be named among the saints? (Ephesians 5:3-5.)

5. Did God give the people up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts? (Romans 1:24.) What is lust? Lust is defined as: "to have an intense desire or need, to crave, specifically: to have a sexual urge."

Did God give the people over to a reprobate mind and did this include covetousness and lusting for sexual immorality? (Verses 28-29.)

6. Did the ancient Israelites lust for food in the wilderness? (Numbers 11:4-35.) Did the apostle Paul warn us not to lust as the ancient Israelites did? (1 Corinthians 10:6 .)

7. Will some in the church today follow false teachers because of their lust and desire. (2 Timothy 4:3.) Did Paul warn Titus not to serve lust? (Titus 3:3,1 Peter 1:14, 4:2-3.) Will scoffers come in the last days and walk according to their own lusts? (2 Peter 3:3, Jude 16, 18.)

8. Does the writer of the book of Proverbs warn us to beware of sexual temptation? (Proverbs 5:3-23, 6:24-35, 7:6-27.) Did the apostle Paul say that homosexuals were burned in their lust for one another committing what is shameful? (Romans 1:26-27.) Did Paul say that covetousness was idolatry? (Colossians 3:5.)

9. Did the apostle Paul say that we are to be holy and sanctified and that we should abstain from sexual immorality? (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5.) Did Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, tell His disciples not to commit adultery? (Matthew 5:27-28.) Did Jesus amplify the commandment to the spiritual plane by saying that: "whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart?"

10. Did Jesus say that we should beware of covetousness because one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses? (Luke 12:15) Did He also say that we cannot serve God and Mammon? (Luke 16:13-14.) Mammon is defined as: material wealth, money or possessions especially as having a debasing influence.

11. What did the apostle Paul say that the love of money is the root of? (1 Timothy 6:3-18.) Did Paul tell Timothy to tell those who were rich to trust in their riches? (Verse 17.) Who are we to trust in? (Same verse.)

12. Is it through covetousness that some false preachers make merchandise of Godís people? (2 Peter 2:3,14-15.) Did the apostle Paul covet anything of Godís people? (Acts 20:33-35.)

13. Do many leaders covet power and prestige and seek to exercise dominion and authority over people? (Matthew 20:25-26, 23:4-12.) What did Jesus tell His disciples to do? (Mat. 20:26.)

14. Are we to walk in the spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh? (Mark 4:19, Romans 6:12, 13:14, Galatians 5:16, 24, Ephesians 4:22, 1 Timothy 3:3, 2 Timothy 2:22, Titus 2:12, 1 Peter 2:11.)

15. We are bombarded with commercials and ads to make us want material things. If we are not careful we can begin coveting or lusting after these things. So, what is the cure for coveting? (Proverbs 21:26.) Is the cure to give and spare not? Is the cure to work so you can have something to give to someone who needs it? (Ephesians 4:28.) Is our conduct to be without covetousness and are we to be content with what we have? (Hebrews 13:5.)

16. Is lusting, desiring and coveting a trigger that can cause sin, war and conflict? (James 1:14-15; 4:1-3. )

17. What is the pattern for sin? Did the woman see, desire and take the fruit? (Genesis 3:6.) Did Achan see, covet and take the spoils? (Joshua 7:20-21.) Did Simon the Sorcerer see, the power of the Holy Spirit and offer money for it? (Acts 8:9, 18-19.) Did David see Bathsheba, inquire about her and lay with her? (2 Samuel 11:2-4.) The pattern for sin is that we see something, we desire and covet it and then we take action and commit the sin. This Tenth Commandment deals with the spirit of the law and we actually break it by coveting something before we break one of the other commandments. Could we keep this commandment better if we control our thoughts? (2 Corinthians 10:5.) The Tenth Commandment then could be called the "mental health" or the "peace of mind" commandment.

In Conclusion: Godís Tenth Commandment commands us "not to covet." Coveting is a problem that involves all sin and if we understand this commandment then we will have a better understanding of how the pattern of sin works and how we can overcome sin.

Are you willing to obey the Tenth Commandment?



Scripture Reading:

(Ephesians 5:3-5 NKJV) But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; {4} neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. {5} For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God."

Golden Text:  

(Exodus 20:17 NKJV) "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."

1.) (Exodus 20:1-2 NKJV) And God spoke all these words, saying: {2} "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

2.) (Exodus 20:17 NKJV) "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."

(Deuteronomy 5:21 NKJV) 'You shall not covet your neighbor's wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.'

3.) (Romans 7:7 NKJV) What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet."

(Romans 13:9 NKJV) For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

4.) (1 Corinthians 5:10-11 NKJV) Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. {11} But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; not even to eat with such a person.

(1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV) Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, {10} nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

(Ephesians 5:3-5 NKJV) But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; {4} neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. {5} For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

5.) (Romans 1:24 NKJV) Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,

(Romans 1:28-29 NKJV) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; {29} being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,

(1 John 2:16-17 NKJV) For all that is in the world; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; is not of the Father but is of the world. {17} And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

6.) (Numbers 11:4-35 NKJV) Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: "Who will give us meat to eat? {5} "We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; {6} "but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!" {7} Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its color like the color of bdellium. {8} The people went about and gathered it, ground it on millstones or beat it in the mortar, cooked it in pans, and made cakes of it; and its taste was like the taste of pastry prepared with oil. {9} And when the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it. {10} Then Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent; and the anger of the LORD was greatly aroused; Moses also was displeased. {11} So Moses said to the LORD, "Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all these people on me? {12} "Did I conceive all these people? Did I beget them, that You should say to me, 'Carry them in your bosom, as a guardian carries a nursing child,' to the land which You swore to their fathers? {13} "Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep all over me, saying, 'Give us meat, that we may eat.' {14} "I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. {15} "If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now; if I have found favor in Your sight; and do not let me see my wretchedness!" {16} So the LORD said to Moses: "Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. {17} "Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone. {18} "Then you shall say to the people, 'Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the hearing of the LORD, saying, "Who will give us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt." Therefore the LORD will give you meat, and you shall eat. {19} 'You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, {20} 'but for a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised the LORD who is among you, and have wept before Him, saying, "Why did we ever come up out of Egypt?"' " {21} And Moses said, "The people whom I am among are six hundred thousand men on foot; yet You have said, 'I will give them meat, that they may eat for a whole month.' {22} "Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to provide enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to provide enough for them?" {23} And the LORD said to Moses, "Has the Lord's arm been shortened? Now you shall see whether what I say will happen to you or not." {24} So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle. {25} Then the LORD came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again. {26} But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those listed, but who had not gone out to the tabernacle; yet they prophesied in the camp. {27} And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp." {28} So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, "Moses my lord, forbid them!" {29} Then Moses said to him, "Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the Lord's people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!" {30} And Moses returned to the camp, both he and the elders of Israel. {31} Now a wind went out from the LORD, and it brought quail from the sea and left them fluttering near the camp, about a day's journey on this side and about a day's journey on the other side, all around the camp, and about two cubits above the surface of the ground. {32} And the people stayed up all that day, all night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten homers); and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. {33} But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was aroused against the people, and the LORD struck the people with a very great plague. {34} So he called the name of that place Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had yielded to craving. {35} From Kibroth Hattaavah the people moved to Hazeroth, and camped at Hazeroth.

(1 Corinthians 10:6 NKJV) Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.

7.) (2 Timothy 4:3 NKJV) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;

(Titus 3:3 NKJV) For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.

(1 Peter 1:14 NKJV) as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;

(1 Peter 4:2-3 NKJV) that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. {3} For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles; when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.

(2 Peter 3:3 NKJV) knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,

(Jude 1:16 NKJV) These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.

(Jude 1:18 NKJV) how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.

8.) (Proverbs 5:3-23 NKJV) For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil; {4} But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. {5} Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell. {6} Lest you ponder her path of life; Her ways are unstable; You do not know them. {7} Therefore hear me now, my children, And do not depart from the words of my mouth. {8} Remove your way far from her, And do not go near the door of her house, {9} Lest you give your honor to others, And your years to the cruel one; {10} Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, And your labors go to the house of a foreigner; {11} And you mourn at last, When your flesh and your body are consumed, {12} And say: "How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised correction! {13} I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me! {14} I was on the verge of total ruin, In the midst of the assembly and congregation." {15} Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well. {16} Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? {17} Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you. {18} Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth. {19} As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love. {20} For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress? {21} For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths. {22} His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin. {23} He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

(Proverbs 6:24-35 NKJV) To keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress. {25} Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids. {26} For by means of a harlot A man is reduced to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life. {27} Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? {28} Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared? {29} So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent. {30} People do not despise a thief If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. {31} Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; He may have to give up all the substance of his house. {32} Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul. {33} Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away. {34} For jealousy is a husband's fury; Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. {35} He will accept no recompense, Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.

(Proverbs 7:6-27 NKJV) For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice, {7} And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding, {8} Passing along the street near her corner; And he took the path to her house {9} In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night. {10} And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart. {11} She was loud and rebellious, Her feet would not stay at home. {12} At times she was outside, at times in the open square, Lurking at every corner. {13} So she caught him and kissed him; With an impudent face she said to him: {14} "I have peace offerings with me; Today I have paid my vows. {15} So I came out to meet you, Diligently to seek your face, And I have found you. {16} I have spread my bed with tapestry, Colored coverings of Egyptian linen. {17} I have perfumed my bed With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. {18} Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with love. {19} For my husband is not at home; He has gone on a long journey; {20} He has taken a bag of money with him, And will come home on the appointed day." {21} With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With her flattering lips she seduced him. {22} Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, {23} Till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, He did not know it would cost his life. {24} Now therefore, listen to me, my children; Pay attention to the words of my mouth: {25} Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths; {26} For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men. {27} Her house is the way to hell, Descending to the chambers of death.

(Romans 1:26-27 NKJV) For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. {27} Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

(Colossians 3:5 NKJV) Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

9.) (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 NKJV) For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; {4} that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, {5} not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;

(Matthew 5:27-28 NKJV) "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' {28} "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

10.) (Luke 12:15 NKJV) And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses."

(Luke 16:13-14 NKJV) "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." {14} Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him.

11.) (1 Timothy 6:3-18 NKJV) If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, {4} he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, {5} useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. {6} Now godliness with contentment is great gain. {7} For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. {8} And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. {9} But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. {10} For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

{11} But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. {12} Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. {13} I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, {14} that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing, {15} which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, {16} who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. {17} Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. {18} Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,

12.) (2 Peter 2:3 NKJV) By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

(2 Peter 2:14-15 NKJV) having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. {15} They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

(Acts 20:33-35 NKJV) "I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. {34} "Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. {35} "I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

13.) (Matthew 20:25-26 NKJV) But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. {26} "Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.

(Matthew 23:4-12 NKJV) "For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. {5} "But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. {6} "They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, {7} "greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, 'Rabbi, Rabbi.' {8} "But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. {9} "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. {10} "And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. {11} "But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. {12} "And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

(3 John 1:9-10 NKJV) I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. {10} Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.

14.) (Mark 4:19 NKJV) "and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

(Romans 6:12 NKJV) Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

(Romans 13:14 NKJV) But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

(Galatians 5:16 NKJV) I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

(Galatians 5:24 NKJV) And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

(Ephesians 4:22 NKJV) that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,

(1 Timothy 3:3 NKJV) not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;

(2 Timothy 2:22 NKJV) Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

(Titus 2:12 NKJV) teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

(1 Peter 2:11 NKJV) Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,

15.) (Proverbs 21:26 NKJV) He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare.

(Ephesians 4:28 NKJV) Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

(Hebrews 13:5 NKJV) Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

16. (James 1:14-15 NKJV) But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. {15} Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

(James 4:1-3 NKJV) Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? {2} You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. {3} You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

17.) (Genesis 3:6 NKJV) So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

(Joshua 7:20-21 NKJV) And Achan answered Joshua and said, "Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I have done: {21} "When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it."

(Acts 8:9 NKJV) But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great,

(Acts 8:18-19 NKJV) And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, {19} saying, "Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit."

(2 Samuel 11:2-4 NKJV) Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king's house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. {3} So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" {4} Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house.

(2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV) casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,